May 31, 2014
NCAA West Prelims Results
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. -North Texas concluded day three at NCAA West Preliminary Track and Field Meet, in Fayetteville, Arkansas. For the first time in their careers, Clinton Collins and Chastity Stewart will advance to the NCAA Championship Finals beginning June 11th.
“Clinton has the story of the year,” said head coach Carl Sheffield. “It’s been a long time coming for him to reach the championship meet. Having two coaches throughout his career it finally clicked as a senior and is a great accomplishment.”
Collins will compete in the semifinals of the men’s 400-meter dash, after a seventh-place finish in Friday’s quarterfinal round.
In the 400m hurdles, Stewart placed ninth in a record time of 57.74, ensuring her a spot at the NCAA Championship Finals. She holds the top-five fastest times in North Texas History.
“Chastity came back from an injury in the middle of the season and was able to fight through it and qualify in the 400-meter hurdles.” said Sheffield. “Her two second improvement sent her to the next level of competition and it was incredible to watch.”
Elisha Peters closed out her freshman season with a 25th place finish in the women’s high jump with her distance of 1.72m.
“To have a freshman qualify for the West Prelims gives a great experience,” said Sheffield. You may hear about how high the level of competition is but gaining that experience is key to continue her career.”
In Saturday’s quarterfinals of the 100m hurdles, Stewart placed 23rd adding from her preliminary run of 13.74.
The Mean Green 4X400m relay team of Collins, Collin Heard, Connor Bey and Anthony Hamilton finished 18th and lowered their seed time to 3:09.57
“We changed the order to give out all and compete with the best in the country,” said Sheffield. “With the change we were able to post a season best in the four-by-four.”
For the second year the Mean Green will compete at the Hayward Field in Eugene, Oregon.
“This is another milestone for our program,” said Sheffield. “Advancing twelve athletes to the West Prelims after a difficult conference championship is great for our development. We will have eight returning athletes next fall and it will give our team more confidence and experience after competing at such an elite level.”